Indoor air quality is the state of air or quality of air in and around homes, offices, buildings, and other structures. Because Americans spend about 90% of their lives indoors, maintaining good indoor air quality is very important because it can affect one’s comfort, health, and wellness. While the air you breathe in public spaces you visit such as banks, malls, groceries, and more is beyond your control, you can make a change in your own home or property.
Using a VOC sensor, volatile organic compounds may be measured. Some also use carbon dioxide meters. However, to properly facilitate these measurements and to check whether your home’s surroundings remain healthy by interpretation of the results, you may need to ask for assistance from professionals. If you wish to determine exactly what pollutants you are dealing with in your household, testing should be done in a professional laboratory or you may refer to your local health agency.
Common Pollutants of Indoor Air Quality
Many of the things that happen outside our home are beyond our control. We can, however, take preventive measures or look for ways to control what goes and remains inside our property. In fact, it has been found that indoor pollution could be over twice as much as outdoor pollution. For instance, if the window to your living room faces the road where many cars drive by, it is best to keep it closed so that gas or diesel exhaust and smoke from cars won’t get into your home unless you have proper ventilation. Among are some of the most common indoor air pollutants you should be aware of.
- Carbon dioxide – This may come from people or when you’re cooking indoors.
- Outdoor air – The ozone’s ground level may be harmful to breathe.
- Household gases – These could be second-hand smoke and other odors and gases produced by indoor activities like cooking or painting.
- Formaldehyde – These could also be from second-hand smoke and materials used in insulation, building structure, and furniture.
- Airborne pollutants – These include dust, smoke, exhaust, and other pollutants.
Professional Indoor Air Quality Maintenance
There’s no easy and simple way to make sure that your home’s indoor air quality remains 100% healthy all the time. Truth be told, you may have to sterilize every single piece of furniture and item you have in your home, sanitize every corner, and bring activities such as cooking outdoors just to be sure that there are zero pollutants inside your home. However, there are steps you can take such as installing proper ventilation, using humidifiers and air cleaners, and more. Proper AC installation must also be followed so DIY’s are highly discouraged. Ductwork, as well as other cooling and heating components, must come with high-quality filters and air cleaners to keep air pollution outdoors and away from your home.
To ensure that the quality of indoor air in your home is at a healthy level and to get assistance with AC maintenance, installation, and more, we are here to help. Eggert Cooling and Heating is available in Orlando, Clermont, Apopka, Windermere, Ocoee, and surrounding areas. You may reach us at 407-252-3785 to get a free estimate.